If you were a cat or a dog, looking at yourself in a mirror, you might think you were looking at another member of your species. Indeed, most mammals do not recognize themselves in the mirror, with the exception of apes and humans, and there are differences there as well.
While apes may use the mirror for grooming purposes, or to entertain themselves by making funny faces, we humans use the mirror to assess our appearance – and sometimes, unfortunately, our self-worth.
Even though a visit to our SmartLipo Long Island or Manhattan practices can do wonders for the body and mind, it is always beneficial to pay attention to overall body image when seeking improvements.
Research shows that there are several factors that impact how we look in the mirror and what we feel when we do. For instance, women have been found to be far more critical of how they look than men, with approximately 8 out of every 10 women feeling dissatisfied with her appearance.
When a woman looks into the mirror, she is more prone to see flaws and consider how our SmartLipo Long Island or Manhattan procedure can improve her appearance. When it comes to men, the mirror seems to be far more kind in their perception.
In general, a man is more likely to be pleased when he looks at his own reflection. Some men are completely oblivious to any flaws that may be present in the body or face.
Helping our SmartLipo Manhattan and Long Island Patients Beyond Treatment
Helping both men and women attain a more ideal physique is only part of our overall goals. By discussing body image, we also hope to help patients discover ways to love their bodies throughout the different stages of life, long after any tummy tuck or lipo treatment obtained in our laser lipo New York facilities.
Some of the tips you can use to improve body image include:
- Eliminate negative self-talk and focus on the positive. We are our own worst critics, and a change in the way we talk to ourselves can vastly improve how we feel about our body. If you can’t seem to shake this bad habit, it may be a good idea to see a mental health professional.
- Have realistic expectations. This includes what one may expect of his or her treatment and of himself or herself as a person. Being kind to yourself goes a long way in building self-esteem.
- Be good to yourself. Treat yourself to quiet time, a bubble bath, or a nice healthy dinner, a new lotion or candle, or a night on the town. Treat yourself regularly!
Make the Choice Now with a Free Consultation in our SmartLipo Manhattan or Long Island Centers
Body image is important, yes. And many people have benefited from laser fat removal treatment in our SmartLipo Long Island or Manhattan facilities, getting the jump-start they need towards overall satisfaction with appearance.
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*Smartlipo is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc. The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.